Eastern Winery Exposition | Event Information 2019

2019 Event Information

Dates: March 19-21, 2019

EWE Workshops: March 19
EWE Conference: March 20-21
LTS Workshop & Conference: March 19-21
Trade Show:
March 20-21

Trade Show Hours:
Wednesday, March 20 | 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
Thursday, March 21 | 9:15 am – 2:30 pm

Visit the Schedule page for the complete event line-up.


Online registration will remain open through March 21. If you pre-register, bring your confirmation to the Express Registration desk onsite and use your barcode to quickly check in and pick up your badge. You may also register onsite. The Registration desk, located in Gallagher Hall, will be open:

Tuesday, March 19 | 9:15am – 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 20 | 7:15am – 7:00pm
Thursday, March 21 | 7:45am – 3:15pm

To register now, see the Registration page.

Local Information

Syracuse March Averages High: 43°F / Low: 25°F

Casual business attire is appropriate for all events.

Location: The Oncenter

800 South State Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Phone: 315-435-8000

Parking & Shuttles

Parking is available in the Oncenter parking garage or open lot. The rate for EWE participants is $5.00/day.

The Syracuse CVB is providing complimentary Oncenter shuttles from the Crowne Plaza and Sheraton Syracuse University Hotels:

Tuesday, March 19
9:00am – 11:00am, begins from hotels
4:30pm – 8:30pm, begins from Oncenter

Wednesday, March 20
7:00am – 10:00am, begins from hotels
4:00pm – 9:15pm, begins from Oncenter

Thursday, March 21
7:30am – 9:30am, begins from hotels
2:00pm – 4:30pm, begins from Oncenter

The Crowne Plaza Syracuse, Doubletree by Hilton Syracuse and Sheraton Syracuse University hotels offer complimentary shuttles from the Syracuse Hancock International Airport .

“It is essential for us to get out of the cellar from time to time and expand our horizons. EWE is the best and most efficient opportunity I have found to see advances in tools and technology, hear from industry experts on new tips and tricks, taste different wines, network and socialize, all in one place.”  
– Tim Benedict, Winemaker, NY

The Eastern Expertise

The Eastern Winery Exposition brings together the combined expertise and experience of Bob Mignarri, Richard Leahy, and two knowledgeable and actively engaged advisory boards. Bob has 30+ years of successful trade show management experience and has earned a reputation among exhibitors as someone who recognizes and understands their needs and concerns. Richard Leahy is a renowned wine expert with 20+ years of experience in developing quality conference programs for the Eastern wine industry. Together they have a proven track record in helping other eastern wine industry shows to grow and become more successful.

EWE Workshops & Conference

The EWE program features 46 Speakers and 35 sessions. It kicks off March 19 with three full-day Workshops featuring Sparkling Wines, Managing Microbes and Cold Climate Grapes & Wine.

The two day Conference includes 20 sessions in Enology, Viticulture and Money/Management and takes place March 20-21.

Trade Show

The exhibit hall offers face-to-face contact and hands-on demonstrations with all the suppliers, equipment and goods you want to see. Who will be there? Visit the Floor Plan to view a list of the exhibiting companies and show floor map.  Trade Show Hours:

Wednesday, March 20 | 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
Thursday, March 21 | 9:15 am – 2:30 pm

Social & Networking Events

All of the Social & Networking Events noted below are included with the purchase of a Workshop+Conference or EWE Two-Day Conference pass. They may also be purchased, pending availability, in conjunction with other registration passes. Visit the Registration page for all the details on passes, rates and inclusions.


Welcome Wine Reception
Tuesday, March 19, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

As a way of facilitating education and networking, we encourage everyone in the EWE community to share their knowledge and continue to learn about what others in the East are doing. What better way to do this than sharing and tasting each other’s wines? Opportunities to volunteer to pour your own wine at your association, state or regional table at the Welcome Wine Reception may still be available. Click here for the details.

Sponsored by the Ohio Wine Producers Association



Post Reception Networking
Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 pm

Just because the EWE reception ends, it doesn’t mean the conversation and networking do. Join your fellow Eastern Winery Exhibitionistas immediately following the reception. 11 Waters Barber Shop Bar, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St.

Buffet Lunch Social
Wednesday, March 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Enjoy an informal, sociable buffet lunch with fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors. It provides the perfect opportunity to continue the conversation begun in the morning sessions and to keep the learning going.

8th Annual EWE Industry Celebration Dinner
Wednesday, March 20, 6:45 – 8:15 pm

The evening begins with pre-dinner nibbles, Eastern wine samples, and a chance to mingle with your fellow attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Dinner immediately follows with the presentation of a special lifetime achievement award. It’s the perfect way to wind down from the first full day of EWE and to celebrate the start of a new growing season. Let’s raise a glass and celebrate!

Sponsored by MPI Label Systems


ASEV-ES Silent Auction
Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21

The Silent Auction takes place during show hours and will feature a range of items from low to high value. Place your name and bid on the items you want, then return throughout the show to ensure you’ve not been outbid. All proceeds support the ASEV-ES scholarship fund.

ASEV-ES Live Auction
Wednesday, March 20, 8:15 pm

You’ve raised your glass; now raise your auction paddle! This lively event provides not only the opportunity for friendly bidding wars and potential bargains, but more importantly a chance to contribute to the next generation of industry talent via much-needed scholarship funding. Grab a paddle and join the fun! Open to all EWE & LTS attendees.


Lunch Buffet in the Exhibit Hall
Thursday, March 21, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

This casual walk-around lunch buffet is a great way to meet with the exhibiting companies and learn more about the services and products that can help you in your business. A variety of food options will be available, compliments of the 2019 EWE Exhibiting Companies. Free to all EWE attendees.


Co-Located Event

License to Steal Wine Marketing Conference
Tuesday – Thursday, March 19-21

This is the conference where wineries, growers and ancillary entities willingly contribute and collaborate on marketing ideas, relationship building, and revenue generation. It includes the very popular ‘steal sessions’ where the best and newest marketing ideas are shared with attendees.  It is chaired by Donniella Winchell, Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association.

LTS attendees will have complete access to the EWE Exhibit Hall and all of the EWE Featured and Partner Events. Visit the Registration page for the pass options and inclusions.

We look forward to seeing you in Syracuse!